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Vintage Enamel Lockers – SOLD

14 May

Pair of vintage metal lockers

Pair of vintage metal lockers

These old metal kitchen lockers are starting to show their age. The black bases are a bit corroded and the inside of the lockers are quite stained, but we’ve given them a seriously good scrub so while they may look a little rough around the edges, they should at least be clean! And while there may be a few scratches and dings in the metal they’re still a very attractive pair that would look great in the right kitchen. You might also want to use them as storage in a bathroom (if you’re lucky enough to have a big bathroom!), or for tools in your garage or workshop (if you’re lucky enough to have a workshop!).

Dimensions: Each locker measures 1.87m tall x 45.5cm wide x 52cm deep

Price: R950 each/R1650 for the pair

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Enamel Kitchen Cupboard – SOLD

11 May

Vintage enamel cupboard

Vintage enamel cupboard

There’s just something really special about these old black and white enamel pieces of furniture. I think it’s in the small details like the beveled doors, the white enamel that’s still so bright after all these years, and the quality of the metal which means that fifty or so years on this cupboard probably doesn’t look that different to when it was first made. That being said there are some signs of age! For starters the clips that allowed the doors to secure are missing, which means that the doors sit slightly ajar, but it’s not very noticeable and if it really does bother you a pair of strong magnets on the corner of each door will probably sort it out. Also the inside of the drawer is quite corroded, but the drawer’s still completely functional, the metal just feels a bit rough to to the touch. And finally the runners for the drawer get a bit sticky at times, but a bit of wiggling and it seems to come right soon enough!

For all its faults there are as many plusses, and if I had the space for this in my new Jozi kitchen or bathroom I’d definitely be hanging onto it! Cupboards like these aren’t that easy to come by any more and you’d be looking at at least double the money for a modern version of the same quality.

Note: The drawer handle is original, bit the cupboard handles aren’t – they’re vintage handles, but are ever so slightly too small for the cupboard which means that you can see the original holes peeking out from behind the handles (see pics under ‘more’).

Price: R1650

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Repurposed Enamel Kitchen Cabinet – SOLD

5 May

Vintage enamel cupboard

Vintage enamel cupboard

I’m selling this lovely vintage metal kitchen cabinet on behalf of the equally lovely Nadia & Paul who have adapted the cupboard slightly so that they could use it as a baby compactum. Originally the cabinet would have had a white metal top and sides, but in the words of Nadia “some silly person” cut a hole in each side so that they could run their kitchen plumbing through the cabinet – sacrilege! To cover the damage the sides of the cabinet have been clad in white melamine, and the holes have been filed down so there’s no danger to rummaging hands. Paul & Nadia also chose to extend the melamine beyond the original counter so that they could use it as a spot for their baby changing mat, but the extra space also means that it would be great as a crafting surface, and it could still obviously be used as an ordinary storage unit.

If you love this enamel cupboard as much as I do (how great are those hospital-green doors?) then give Nadia a shout. Details below….

Dimensions: 1.43m wide x 87cm high x 48.5cm deep

Price: R1500

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Enamel Kitchen Table – SOLD

24 Apr

Enamel kitchen table

Enamel kitchen table

This is hands-down the neatest vintage enamel table that I’ve ever seen! Bar some light scratches on the top, and one or two minor dings in the enamel, there’s virtually no wear to the table, which is very unusual for a piece of enamel furniture of this age! The gentleman that I bought it from explained to me that his mother used to cover the top of the table in flour to make rotis, and that’s basically all she ever used it for – bless her! This is a great find! Use it on a balcony for plants, or as it was intended, in the centre of your kitchen – whatever you use it for, I know that you’re going to be absolutely delighted with it!

Dimensions: 75cm tall x 92cm long x 61cm wide

Price: R1350

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Retro Vinyl Armchairs – SOLD

16 Apr

Pair of retro vinyl swivel chairs

Pair of retro vinyl swivel chairs

People often ask me how I can let go of the items that I find, and for the most part I’m very good at saying goodbye, but ever since I found out that I have a new home to decorate in Joburg it’s been a different story entirely! I’m accumulating furniture at a rate of knots, including this fantastic pair of vinyl swivel chairs that I had reupholstered with our new home in mind, but alas I’ve realised that they’re not right for what I wanted them for, plus truth be told, I don’t really have the space for them (or 90% of the other furniture that I’ve bought!). I thought that I could use them as office chairs at a long desk that I’m planning (for the space that I don’t have), but they’re actually better suited to a lounge as they lean quite far back. I’ve re-done the upholstery in a kind of navy-blue, and given the chrome legs a good polish (don’t they look great?), but the wheels are sadly quite corroded – while they still work perfectly well, they look a bit worse for wear and could possibly do with being replaced (I’m pretty sure that you can buy these wheels off the shelf at most hardware stores).

A very cool pair of vinyl armchairs that Im very sad to see go.

Dimensions: Each chair measures 70cm tall x 62cm wide x 60cm deep

Price: R1450 each

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Retro Sideboard – SOLD

10 Apr

Retro sideboard

Retro sideboard

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a sideboard for sale, but I promise you it’s not from lack of trying! Sideboards have become so popular in recent years that to find one for sale at a reasonable price is to hit a serious luck, so even though this 1960s version is a bit worse for wear, there was no way that I was going to pass on the opportunity of buying it! Plus even though it’s quite worn in places, it’s still a very handsome piece of furniture with some lovely features. While the handles might not be that practical (they’re slightly hard to grip), they’re very good looking and add a nice style to the piece. The legs also have a classic retro feel to them, and what’s a sideboard without a cheesy felt-lined cutlery drawer! The most obvious damage is some deep gouges on the top left hand side of the sideboard which look like they might have been caused by some wild kid, but once you have a few pieces on display the damage won’t be quite as noticeable. You’re never going to be able to hide the marks completely, but after a while you won’t notice them as much – I moved our sideboard out of the way to photograph this piece and was surprised to see quite how scratched the top of it was (I really hadn’t noticed!).

Dimensions: 164cm wide x 45cm deep x 81cm tall

Price: R2500

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